Gary Sanchez Has 2nd-Most Hits Through 1st 22 Games in Yankees History

Fact: Gary Sanchez went 3-for-5 on Friday, and hit his 10th home run of the season. Joe DiMaggio (39) is the only Yankee ever to have more hits through his first 22 career games than Sanchez (31). Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: MLB.comRead more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Takeaways from MLB Week 21

Since baseball is played nearly every day during its season, there’s nothing the sports holds in higher regard than its streaks. There have been streaks of all kind this season—the team variety and those more individual in nature—but arguably its most impressive of the 2016 season came to a close this week. Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton saw his streak of 43 straight games without giving up an earned snapped on Thursday. Want to read about everyone else in baseball who went streaking?Begin Slideshow


A Hot Josh Donaldson Could Give Blue Jays the Playoff-Race Edge

With a good September, the Toronto Blue Jays could repeat as American League East champions. With a good September, Josh Donaldson could repeat, too. The Blue Jays moved back into first place with Friday night's 15-8 rout of the Minnesota Twins, as their rivals in Baltimore and Boston both lost. Donaldson may not have moved into first place in the MVP race with his 30th home run, but he could be setting up for the kind of month that would put him there. He's already got a better case than you might think. His traditional numbers aren't as flashy as the ones that won him the MVP last year. He almost certainly won't get to the 41 home runs and 123 RBI he had in 2015 (he's at 30 and 85 with 34 games remaining). But Donaldson's .958 OPS is actually higher than the .939 he won with last year. As for his value, check this ...


Gary Sanchez Becomes 3rd-Fastest Player to Hit 10 Career Home Runs

New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez became the third-fastest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 10 career home runs with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning during Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. With the Yankees already leading 10-1, Sanchez took a 1-0 pitch from Vance Worley and deposited it into the left field seats: It was the rookie's 84th plate appearance of the season and 86th of his career. Friday night was also just his 20th big league game of the season and 22nd of his career. Sanchez did play one game with the Yankees on May 13, but they demoted him to Triple-A shortly afterward. He rejoined the club in early August and has since served as the everyday catcher in New York. Per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, only George Scott of the Boston Red Sox (1966) and Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies (this season) ...


Adam Jones Injury: Updates on Orioles Star’s Hamstring and Return

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones suffered a strained hamstring during Friday's game against the New York Yankees when he pulled up at first base after a leadoff groundout in the first inning. It is uncertain when he will be able to return to action.    Continue for updates. Jones Out vs. Yankees Saturday, Aug. 27 The Orioles confirmed Jones will not be today's lineup against the Yankees:    Showalter Comments on Jones' Injury Friday, Aug. 26 Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Jones is in the "same spot as yesterday," per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. Showalter added it's not a situation where Jones could land on the disabled list. Jones' Injury Could Hamper O's Playoff Push Jones battled oblique discomfort at the start of the season, but he returned to the starting lineup on a full-time basis after missing four games and making two brief appearances as a defensive replacement.  Entering Friday, Jones had posted a slash line of ...


Jeremy Jeffress Arrested: Latest Details, Comments on Rangers Pitcher

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Dallas County. Rebecca Lopez of WFAA first reported the details. Chris Siron of the Dallas Morning News said Jeffress was jailed at around 5:15 a.m. local time. Further details about the incident weren't immediately released. The Rangers acquired Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers ahead of the trade deadline earlier this month as part of the blockbuster Jonathan Lucroy deal. He's endured a mundane start to his career in Texas, posting a 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across nine appearances. The 28-year-old former first-round selection was suspended twice for marijuana use during his time as a prospect in the Milwaukee organization. After the second ban, which spanned 100 games starting in 2009, he took a job working at a pizza place in Florida, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. "I literally felt like nobody cared," Jeffress said. "I didn't even feel ...


Top 2016 MLB Pennant Race X-Factors with 1 Month to Go

For MLB teams in the thick of a pennant race, it's better to be healthy than good. Several squads competing for a postseason bid have suffered debilitating injuries over the season. Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Chris Tillman, Matt Holliday, Aledmys Diaz, Michael Wacha, Wade Davis and practically the entire Los Angeles Dodgers rotation are watching a playoff race unfold on the disabled list. Others (Jose Bautista) are just coming back from the shelf. Whoever heals the most in September could determine who sneaks into the playoffs. Although four division leaders have established a comfortable lead, the wild card lives up to its moniker in both leagues. Thirteen teams are within five games of participating in a winner-take-all showdown. That means more than half the league harbors hope with August winding down. Along with the health of household names, some unexpected players have emerged as make-or-break contributors. Let's take a look at some of ...


MLB Team of the Week: Gary Sanchez, Bryce Harper and David Ortiz Star

This is the final edition of Bleacher Report's MLB Team of the Week before September. That's significant. September means something in baseball. Pennant races suddenly become real. Standings matter. Yes, the season bleeds into October, and every game technically counts as much as any other from April onward. But the end of August, inevitably, ushers in a newfound sense of urgency. With that in mind, here are 10 players—one per position, including a designated hitter and starting pitcher—who busted box scores over the past seven days. To qualify, a player needs to have made at least two starts at the position in question or one start in the case of pitchers. And while this is mostly about individual output, we award bonus points for gaudy stats that translated to ticks in the win column. Put on those fall colors and proceed when ready.Begin Slideshow


Matt Moore Loses No-Hitter in 9th Inning vs. Dodgers: Highlights and Reaction

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Moore fell one out short of throwing the first no-hitter of his career against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Moore gave up a single to shortstop Corey Seager and was immediately pulled from the game, likely due to his high pitch count. Santiago Casilla recorded the final out to seal the Giants' 4-0 win. In 8.2 innings, Moore struck out seven batters and walked three on 133 pitches. It was the most pitches a starter has thrown in a game this season, per the Dodgers' telecast. In the eighth inning, concerns over whether Moore would be able to go the distance were growing. He surpassed his season high of 114 pitches in the frame, and by the time Joc Pederson lined out to Denard Span to end the inning, Moore was up to 119 pitches. His previous career high ...


Don’t Forget About Max Scherzer in NL Cy Young Race

If Max Scherzer's American League Cy Young Award is beginning to feel lonely, it could soon have company. In the wasteland that is the National League Cy Young race without a fully functioning Clayton Kershaw, anyone could claim this year's award. From Madison Bumgarner to Johnny Cueto to Noah Syndergaard to Jake Arrieta to Jose Fernandez, there's no shortage of strong-armed dudes vying for it. But if anyone had forgotten about Scherzer, well, it's suddenly easy to remember him after what the Washington Nationals ace did to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at Nationals Park. To stave off a four-game sweep, he paced the Nats to a 4-0 win with eight shutout innings in which he allowed two hits, walked nobody and struck out 10. The finish was especially strong. Scherzer bore down and retired the final three Orioles he faced in noticeably angry fashion. Apparently, any Orioles fans upset about that have only themselves ...


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